Expungement of Criminal Charges in Maryland

We have all made mistakes, both big and small, and we are deserving of second chances. This is the case, even when it pertains to a criminal record. Though you may have been young and foolish when you obtained a criminal record, no matter how minor, a criminal record can follow you throughout your life, impacting where you can live as well as the jobs for which you are hired and your chances to adopt a child or obtain federal assistance. This can be very frustrating, especially when you are trying to change your and your family’s lives for the better. Fortunately, depending on your situation, you may be able to receive an expungement of your criminal record. If you or a love has a criminal record that you would like expunged, contact an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney to help you navigate through the process.

Expungement in Maryland

Expungement is the legal process by which a former crime that is on your record is sealed from public view or destroyed completely if you meet certain requirements. These records can include police reports, court records, motor vehicle administration files, as well court recordings. However, in Maryland, not all crimes within your criminal record can be expunged. In Maryland, you can seek expungement if you have been arrested or detained by an officer but have not been charged with a crime, you have been convicted of a crime that is not considered a violent crime, if your crime was prior to 1975, you have been acquitted of a crime, you were pardoned by the Governor of Maryland, or if you have been convicted of a crime that is considered a Nuisance Crime.

Even though you may be eligible for an expungement based on the above crimes, there are still specific requirements regarding when and how your record can be expunged. Because the goal of expungement is to help you create a better future for yourself, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced criminal law attorney to determine whether the crimes you have been charged with are eligible for expungement.

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Having a criminal record can affect your life on many levels. However, depending on your circumstances, your criminal record does not have to follow you forever. Here at Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA, we can help you determine whether your criminal record can be expunged, and then walk you through the process. If you or a loved one have a criminal record that you would like expunged, contact our office today for a consultation.

Conspiracy and Drug Offenses

When you are charged with conspiracy, in some cases, you may be charged with additional crimes, as well. Conspiracy can be one of the most frustrating crimes to be charged with as it allows for law enforcement as well as prosecutors to pursue charges against you whether or not you were actually caught committing the crime. This also allows for law enforcement and prosecutors to go after a larger amount of people in hopes of finding a bigger culprit. Conspiracy charges, though misdemeanor in nature, can have lasting effects on your life, both professionally and personally. Because of this, if you or a loved one has been charged with conspiracy or any other crime, contact an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney to help you determine the best strategies for your case.

Conspiracy Related to Drug Offenses

In Maryland, conspiracy to commit a crime occurs when two or more people agree to engage in criminal activity. When you are charged with conspiracy, you should know that this is considered a separate and distinct charge from the actual criminal activity in which you were engaged. For example, you can be charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, as well as charged for the distribution of narcotics.

Though conspiracy is considered a common-law crime, prosecutors must still prove that all parties involved and charged with conspiracy had a meeting of the minds or an agreement and intended to commit a crime. A prosecutor can show this by intercepting conversations in text form, email, or through phone calls. In relation to drug offenses, conspiracy is often charged in drug trafficking cases where a person has transported drugs in between counties. Also, there are often mandatory minimums associated with drug offenses and conspiracy charges. For instance, Section 5-608(b) carries a minimum of 10 years for a second violation involving a Schedule I or II narcotic drug, including convictions for conspiracy. If you have been charged with conspiracy in relation to a drug offense, it is important to note that you can be deemed a repeat offender in the case of drugs, subjecting you to harsher consequences.

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Conspiracy related to drug offenses can be a frustrating crime with which to be charged. These offenses almost never leave you unscathed when it relates to your personal and professional life, and though considered misdemeanors, they can have serious consequences. You need an experienced team to help you with your case and to help you navigate through the criminal justice process. If you or a loved one have been charged with conspiracy in relation to a drug offense, please do not hesitate to contact us. Here at Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA, we can be your voice and advocate on your behalf.

Maryland Bankruptcy Attorney

We have all found ourselves in unusual circumstances, some of which fill you with joy, while others may bring you discomfort and leave you feeling ashamed. This is especially the case if you have come to the decision to file for bankruptcy to combat mounting and unmanageable debt. Though you may be feeling overwhelmed, you do not have to go through this process alone. At Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA we offer over 40 years of experience helping clients through the bankruptcy process, and we can offer you that same compassion and dedication as you decide if filing for bankruptcy is right for you.

Bankruptcy Filing 

When you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you need the best legal help you can receive. Generally, there are two types of bankruptcies for which you can file as an individual – Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. When filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you often do not have to pay back your creditors, but you can only file for Chapter 7 once every eight years. Under a Chapter 13 filing, some creditors will need to be paid, such as your mortgage lender to prevent foreclosure. Choosing between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings requires evaluating the particular details of your individual case. For this reason, it is invaluable to seek legal assistance and advice from experienced Maryland bankruptcy attorneys before proceeding with your bankruptcy filing.

A Maryland Bankruptcy Lawyer can Help

Whether you are struggling to manage your personal loans, medical bills, judgments, tax debt, credit card debt, or even wage garnishments, Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA is here to help. You do not have to go through the bankruptcy process alone. An experienced Maryland bankruptcy attorney can help you protect your assets, avoid liens and garnishments, and help you protect your income. Filing for bankruptcy can be a complicated process, and you need an experienced bankruptcy attorney at Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA to assist you. Filing for bankruptcy does not have to be the last stop for you, but instead the first step toward a brighter future.

Can You Carry a Concealed Weapon in Maryland?

Can You Carry a Concealed Weapon in Maryland?

 With all of the recent shootings in the news in this country, the gun control debate is raging. For those who choose to own as well as carry guns, it is important to know and understand the gun laws of Maryland and whether it is a crime to carry a concealed weapon in Maryland. Knowing the law can keep you from being arrested and facing a gun charge. If you or a loved one has been charged with a gun crime, seek legal representation and advice from an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney to help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.

Concealed Weapons and the Law in Maryland

When it comes to restrictions and punishments for committing gun crimes, Maryland is one of the toughest states within the United States. One of the most common gun charges in the state is carrying, transporting, or wearing a concealed handgun without a permit. When you are charged with carrying a concealed handgun, there are certain requirements that the prosecutor must meet before you can be convicted. The prosecutor must show, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you knowingly carried the gun on your person, or in other words, on yourself or within your vicinity.

The prosecutor must also prove that the gun is a handgun. This is because the crime of carrying, transporting, or wearing a concealed weapon does not pertain to shotguns, antique firearms, or rifles. Under Maryland law, a handgun includes a pistol, revolver, or any other gun that is meant to fire a bullet with the ability to be concealed. Gun charges can be complex and come with severe penalties is convicted. If you are facing gun charges in Maryland, it is best to seek legal advice and representation, so that a lawyer can gather all of the facts and circumstances of your case and build a defense strategy.

Need Legal Advice?

Guns can be used to help protect you and your family, but guns in the wrong hands can also harm you and your family. Regardless of on which side of the gun control debate you fall, it is important to know and understand the consequences of Maryland’s gun laws. Speaking with an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney at Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA can help you understand your rights, both constitutional and statutory, as they pertains to guns. Our attorneys will advocate on your behalf to help you receive the best results possible for your case. Contact our office today for a consultation.

Charged with a Felony? What an Attorney Can do for You

Charged with a Felony? What an Attorney Can do for You

When you are charged with a crime, you will either be charged as committing a misdemeanor offense or as committing a felony offense. Though being charged with any crime can impact your personal and professional life, when you are convicted of a felony, the consequences are often more severe. In these cases, it is invaluable to have the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney as a criminal defense attorney can help you understand your charges, the sentencing process, and how your charges could be potentially mitigated. If you or a loved one has been convicted of a crime, it is in your best interest to seek an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney to help you strategize about your case.

Felony Offenses and What We Can do for You

In Maryland, when you are charged with a felony offense, a prosecutor’s main goal is to impose the most serious punishment for the crime with which you have been charged and will seek all evidence to try and prove that you have met all of the elements of the offense. These offenses can consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Extortion
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Hit and run
  • Larceny
  • White collar crimes
  • Robbery

These crimes are considered felonies because of the nature of the crime and the circumstances surrounding the crime. If you have been charged with a felony, then legal representation should be your number one concern as an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney can help you pursue a verdict of not guilty, if you are to go to trial for your charges. An experienced attorney can also help you receive decreased penalties if it can be shown that the circumstances surrounding your case does not meet all of the elements of the crime with which you have been charged. Sometimes, instead of receiving a prison sentence, an attorney can help you negotiate a deal for probation instead of a lengthy prison sentence.

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When you are charged with a felony, the thought of a conviction and resulting sentence can be overwhelming. If convicted, you could face imprisonment, fines, and probation, not to mention the long-lasting impact that it will have on your personal and professional life. When these charges occur, you need legal representation from an attorney who is going to take the time advocate for you. If you or a loved one have been charged with committing a crime, contact an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney at Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Baltimore Personal Injury Claims

According to a September 2107 article in The Baltimore Sun, a driver was killed and his passenger injured in a Carroll County crash. The 29-year-old man was killed when a driver of an SUV hit his truck on a Saturday afternoon. The 38-year-old man was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban on Old Taneytown Road near Westminster. He allegedly crossed the center line and hit the 1954 Ford truck head on. The driver was killed instantly and pronounced dead at the scene. His 28-year-old passenger was flown to Shock Trauma for a head injury.

No criminal charges were filed immediately after the accident. It is not known whether the family of the driver killed will file a wrongful death claim against the alleged at-fault driver. It is also not known if the passenger who suffered the traumatic brain injury will file a personal injury claim for the injuries suffered.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury in Baltimore?

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury to a person’s head that causes brain damage or death. The injury to a person’s brain can range from mild to moderate to severe. The symptoms associated with TBI may appear immediately or may be slow to develop. For instance, symptoms of mild TBI include:

  • Headache
  • Mild confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Behavioral changes

Most Baltimore TBI Injuries Happen in Car Accidents

The majority of TBI injuries happen during car accidents. A person’s brain is not attached to any surface inside his or her head to keep it from moving. In fact, the brain is not much harder than Jell-O. Any time there is a sudden movement, a person’s brain may shake or slam against the skull. For this reason, the sudden acceleration then sudden stop during a car accident can injure the brain.

If an individual suffers a severe TBI, he or she may experience more immediate symptoms like seizures, mood swings, loss of consciousness, or slurred speech.

Other accidents that can cause an TBIs include:

  • Slip and falls
  • Intentional acts like assault or battery
  • Defective products

Contact Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA about Your Baltimore TBI Injury

Proving you sustained a TBI injury will involve proving negligence. Negligence is the failure of an individual to act like a reasonable person and protect you from harm. Whether you slip and fall or were in an accident, the person responsible breached his or her duty to protect you from harm. If you have been injured, you need someone to fight for you. We are your Baltimore injury attorneys. We will fight to get you the compensation needed to financially recover from your accident. Contact us immediately for help with your TBI injury accident.

You can Recover Damages if You are Injured in a Rear-End Collision in Baltimore

According to an April 2017 article in The Baltimore Sun, 18 people were injured in a six-car pileup in Baltimore County on Interstate 95. At least two of the 18 people injured in the accident were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. At the time of the report, their names and medical conditions were not released. The other 16 victims were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. Police claim that a total of 22 people were involved in the car crash.

At the time of the accident, Maryland Transportation Authority police were conducting a traffic stop just south of Route 43. The traffic stop was on the shoulder of the highway. A black Ford Transit rear-ended a red Lincoln MKS. It was not involved in the traffic stop. The Lincoln MKS then struck a white Lexus IS30c. The Lexus hit another vehicle, and at least two other vehicles.

Whether the victims involved the rear-end accident will file personal injury lawsuits is unknown. Police indicated that there were criminal charges pending against the driver who allegedly caused the pileup.

The Definition of a Rear-End Accident in Baltimore

A rear-end car accident occurs when a driver hits the rear end of another vehicle and can happen for many reasons. The at-fault driver, or driver who caused the accident, may have been distracted. He or she may have been following too closely to the other driver at the time of the accident. Other causes of a rear-end accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving under the influence
  • Defective vehicle
  • Weather conditions
  • Road conditions

A Baltimore Rear-End Collision Can Cause a Variety of Injuries

Injuries in a rear-end collision can range from minor to serious, such as:

  • Neck injuries: Neck injuries occur when a person’s neck snaps backs, then forward because of the sudden impact of a car accident. This flexes and extends the person’s neck beyond the usual range of motion. The medical name for this is whiplash.
  • Face and head injuries: A driver’s face and head may strike the steering wheel or windshield during a rear-end accident. Face and head injuries can range from minor cuts on the face to brain damage.
  • Back injuries: Strains, sprains, and mid-back herniated discs can result from rear-end accidents.
  • Hand, shoulder, and wrist injuries: During a rear-end accident, a driver’s hands and arms may jam into the steering wheel and cause a minor or severe injury.
  • Airbag injuries: The airbag can deploy during a rear-end accident and cause chemical burns.
  • Seatbelts injuries: Seatbelt and shoulder can cause internal injuries and bruising.

Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA will Help You

If you have been injured in a rear-end accident in Baltimore and are thinking about pursuing compensation for your injuries. Damages you may be entitled to include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. Contact us for help today.

Distracted Driving in Baltimore may Lead to a Personal Injury Claim

According to WBAL, in April of 2017 two people died in a wrong way crash. At least one person was injured. The accident happened in Annapolis. Preliminary reports describe an SUV involved in the accident traveling westbound on Route 50 around 1pm. The vehicle struck another SUV head-on between Bay Dale Drive and Ritchie Highway.

A 22-year-old from Salisbury was driving the SUV and allegedly traveling the wrong way. A 14-month-old boy, a passenger in her vehicle at the time, was flown to an area hospital after the accident.

The other SUV went off road into a wooded area of the highway. According to the news report, a tow truck was able to pull the vehicle upright so first responders could rescue the man trapped in the vehicle. The 66-year-old man was trapped in the SUV from the waist down. Once rescued, he was flown to an area hospital, where he later died.

Preliminary reports from police indicate they are not sure why the accident happened. They have not ruled out distracted driving or impaired driving.

Distracted Driving is Illegal in Baltimore

Distracted driving is a general term describing a driver is doing something else while operating a motor vehicle. The could include a simple task like texting, trying to find a channel on the radio, or talking to a passenger. The distracting behavior prevents them from completely focusing on the road and putting them at risk of causing an accident.

Maryland law requires all drivers to operate their motor vehicles while paying attention to laws and other people and cars on the road. Any activity completed while operating a motor vehicle can lead to distracted driving. Conditions that lead distracted driving include, but are not limited to:

  • Auditory distraction such as listening to music, a sudden cell phone ring, or a loud horn
  • Visual distraction such as looking away from the roadway while driving to look at a cell phone or passenger
  • Cognitive distraction such as the driver letting his or her mind wander
  • Biomechanical distraction such as adjusting the vehicle’s overhead visor or dashboard controls

Contact Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA for Assistance with Your Baltimore Distracted Driving Accident

If another driver caused an accident because he or she was driving while distracted, then you can file a personal injury lawsuit on the basis that he or she was negligent. Negligence is the failure to act as a reasonable driver would in the same or similar circumstances. The at-fault driver had a legal duty to protect other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the roadway from an accident that causes harm. That driver drove while distracted, however, and caused an accident, and thus may be liable for injuries caused. Contact us for help today.

Baltimore Intersection Accidents may be Reduced with New Camera System

Baltimore officials announced plans to add new speed and red light cameras to certain intersections, according to The Baltimore Sun. This is Baltimore’s third attempt to operate a speed camera system. The cameras were previously stopped because of accuracy concerns. If the city makes good on their announcement, the number of cameras will double. They will be located in 21 school zones instead of the current 14. If cited, a driver will receive a $40 fine.

Since August of 2017, speed cameras in the city have issued more than 36,000 citations. The goal of the program is to decrease the number of pedestrian and car accidents, including intersection accidents in the city.

What is an Intersection Accident in Baltimore?

An intersection accident is an accident that takes place at an intersection. The cause of an intersection accident may be a driver running a red light, speeding, driving while distracted, or driving into oncoming traffic.

There are Different Types of Intersection Accidents in Baltimore

An intersection accident is a general term for a variety of car accidents that can happen in Baltimore, such as:

  • T-bone accident: A T-bone accident is also called a broadside accident or a side impact accident. It occurs when the at-fault driver hits the side of the victim’s motor vehicle. The impact can cause severe and devastating injuries because there is little to no cushion between the driver and/or passenger and the other vehicle.
  • Rear-end accident: A rear-end accident happens when the at-fault driver hits the back of another vehicle.
  • Head-on accident: A head-on accident occurs when the at-fault driver strikes the front of another motor vehicle. This type of accident can cause particularly devastating injuries.

Damages a Victim Can Seek After an Intersection Accident in Baltimore

Injuries in an intersection accident may vary from minor cuts to major injuries to death. A victim of an intersection accident may seek money in the form of the following damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Prescriptions
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage (vehicle replacement or repair)

The amount of damages depends on the victim’s injuries. If the victim dies because of an intersection accident, his or her family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit for damages. The above damages may be obtained in a wrongful death suit along with funeral and burial expenses.

Contact Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA for Legal Representation

A car accident, whether it occurs at an intersection or elsewhere, can lead to severe physical injures and debilitating financial burdens. It is time to start fighting for the monetary damages you deserve. You have the legal right to hire a tough legal team to fight for you. Contact us immediately for help.

Baltimore Freeway Accidents can Lead to Wrongful Death Lawsuits

According to a July 2017 The Baltimore Sun article, a tow truck driver was killed in an I-95 Baltimore County crash. The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. near Bradshaw Road. The tow truck driver allegedly veered off the road and struck a tractor-trailer disabled on the shoulder of the freeway. Police said it was not initially clear why the driver veered off the freeway. The tow truck driver came to a stop underneath the tractor-trailer and the driver was trapped. The passenger in the tow truck was ejected from the vehicle and the driver was killed. The passenger in the tow truck was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

According to the article, police were still investigating the cause of the freeway accident.

It is not known whether those injured in the crash will sue for personal injuries sustained. A freeway accident can easily become fatal due to the high speeds and large vehicles often involved. In this instance, a family member may sue on a victim’s behalf for the injuries the victim sustained.

What is a Freeway Accident in Baltimore?

A freeway accident is simply an accident that happens on the freeway. The accident can range from a rear-end accident to a T-bone or head-on accident. The injuries may range from minor to moderate to serious. For instance, injuries can be life-threatening or merely minor cuts.

A Wrongful Death Claim is a Type of Personal Injury Claim in Baltimore

Personal injury describes the type of lawsuit a victim can file if he or she is injured because of another individual’s negligence. Negligence is the failure to act as a reasonable driver would in the same and/or similar circumstances.

Personal injury law covers a wide range of lawsuits filed in civil court. One type of personal injury lawsuit is a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim allows an immediate family member such as a spouse to file a lawsuit for the untimely death of a loved one.

This family member can seek money, in the form of damages, for a variety of injuries. These injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of income (from the loved one dying)
  • Burial expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Property damage

A Family Member Must Prove the Other Driver was at Fault for the Accident

It may be obvious that the at-fault driver caused the accident. However, Maryland law requires the family member to prove that negligence occurred. As the plaintiff, the family member has the burden of proving the following:

  • The defendant (driver who caused the accident) had a legal duty to the victim
  • The defendant breached that legal duty when he or she caused the accident
  • The defendant’s negligence caused the victim’s death
  • The family member is owed damages because of his or her loved one’s untimely death

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If your loved one was killed in a freeway accident, contact us immediately. We will fight for you.